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608 Restaurant Captivates Oceanside

San Diego Food Finds
Scallop Crudo

A cozy new jewel on Mission Avenue in Oceanside, 608 is a must-try for affordable, yet elegantly-prepared dishes. The simple interior is inviting, with rough wood and brick walls, a small bar area, and 4 TVs broadcasting the latest sporting events.

San Diego Food Finds
Scallops with Housemade Ramen Noodles, Alliums and Beef Broth

Diners can expect smaller portions and food boasting unique flavor combinations, including in-house dry-aged beef and a 7-course chefs tasting menu. “Other restaurants offer tasting menus, but 608 really displays our style,” says executive chef/partner William Eick. “We strive to create great food with what grows wild in North County, including proteins that are either indigenous or raised by local farms.”

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Gator By The Bay Festival

San Diego’s annual Gator By The Bay, the largest, most-authentic Louisiana-themed music and food festival this side of the bayou will be held May 11- 14, 2017. Presented by San Diego’s Bon Temps Social Club, it features four days of live music with over 100 musical acts and special performances on seven stages, southern cuisine including 10,000 pounds of crawfish trucked from Louisiana, non-stop live music, dancing and family fun at Spanish Landing Park on beautiful San Diego Bay across from the airport.

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Cocktails and Movies

True North Tavern The Dude Abides (Courtesy photo)

Cocktails and movies are a match made in heaven. What’s hotter than a cocktail with theatrics? Nothing! These San Diego bars have taken their cocktails to the next level with some movie inspiration.

They only live to get radical. Sandbar knows you’ll be feeling that way after a few sips of the Point Break Paloma. Olmeca Altos Blanco tequila, fresh grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice, agave nectar, citrus soda and grapefruit bitters with a salt rim. You’ll be watching the waves break with Bodhi and Johnny Utah after a couple of these.

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Festive Spring Salads

Spring is in the air and so are fresh fruits and veggies! With temperate weather comes culinary creations brimming with refreshing flavors and ingredients. Celebrate the season of regrowth and rejuvenation with these San Diego restaurants mixing up festive spring salads!

If you’re a barbecue fanatic seeking some greens to accompany your smoked meat, Brazen BBQ offers a laidback atmosphere laden with warm décor and a menu boasting award-winning barbecue. Try their Smokehouse Salad, made with romaine lettuce, your choice of chicken, pork or brisket, black beans, roasted corn, avocado, queso fresco, tobacco onions and chipotle ranch dressing. Hearty by nature, this salad is ideal for those seeking a salad with some substance!

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Free Taco with Purchase at Karina’s

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Learn how to “talk taco” at the brand-new and bustling Karina’s Ceviches & More on India Street’s International Restaurant Row in Mission Hills, which on Tuesday, March 28 will celebrate its grand opening with an all-day-long “free taco” event. Patrons of this new, fast-casual eatery by Karina’s Group will receive a free taco with purchase, heaped with their choice of carnitas, grilled or Baja-style fish, or rotisserie chicken. Those who know the popular full-service Karina’s Mexican Seafood restaurants know the delights that await – and those who don’t will be delighted to find out about the delicious tacos, seafood cocteles, burritos, and ceviches served in this convenient location.

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